Transmission Service – Why is it Important for Your Car? from Kindle Auto Plaza.
A transmission service is part of your routine maintenance, just like replacing your engine oil. If your transmission is under performing or malfunctioning, not only does the vehicle’s performance suffer, but it can be dangerous too. There are three types of transmission: manual, automatic, and semi-automatic. No matter which type your vehicle has, keeping it is proper working order is essential to its longevity and functionality.
What happens when transmission doesn’t work properly?
All transmissions require specially formulated fluids some designed with detergents to help keep the gears clean, and all providing lubricant to disperse heat generated by friction and to allow for smooth power adjustment. Cars with manual transmission have to be regularly checked for contamination of the fluid, while the fluid often degrades in those with automatic transmission. If not properly maintained the fluid meant to maintain the integrity of the gears can oxidize and break down, leading to rust, acid, and become sludge.
What is transmission service?
Transmission service generally includes the following:
Removal and inspection of the sump or pan where possible.
Replacement or cleaning of the screen or filter.
Cleaning the pan thoroughly.
Reinstallation of the pan, along with a new pan gasket.
Pumping out the rest of the old fluid and replacing with new and top quality transmission fluid.
Incorporation of a friction modifier or additive package.
When should transmission fluids be changed?
Recommendation guidelines for changing transmission fluid vary. For manual transmission, it is generally recommended every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, though some manufacturers suggest 15,000 miles for heavy-duty use vehicles. With automatics, the recommendations vary from 30,000 miles to never during the lifetime of your vehicle. Even with this claim it is best to change it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
Why is transmission service necessary?
When you change transmission fluid, it restores the holding power between the clutches, reducing slip and heat production. At the same time, flushing the old fluid washes away tiny particles of clutch material and metal shavings. Those particles clog passages and wedge between moving parts, causing wear throughout the transmission. Changing the fluid eliminates those particles and the wear they cause. The net result of changing the fluid is to provide better lubrication, improved the holding ability of the friction components, and reduced heat. So your transmission works better for years longer, which means you are much less likely to face a major transmission repair.
Please ensure the transmission is inspected regularly so any problems can be detected at the nascent stage.
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